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We are pleased to announce the return of the Summer Sunday Romsey Station to Andover Bus Services for the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership. For more information, click here
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A note in from Eastleigh about Recycling in Hound
Recycle Christmas trees in Eastleigh Borough – and help protect peatlands
From Monday 4 January, Eastleigh Borough residents can recycle their Christmas trees – which are then either composted to produce an eco-friendly, peat-free soil conditioner or used as mulch for the borough's parks and gardens.
Recycling collection points for real Christmas trees have been set up around the borough where they can be dropped off between 4-18 January. Residents who subscribe to Eastleigh Borough Council’s garden waste scheme can have Christmas trees that are under four-feet tall picked up from their home address on their scheduled collection day – they just need to place the tree next to their garden waste bin.
Trees can be dropped off at:
- Brambridge Garden Centre, Brambridge
- Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh
- Haskins Garden Centre, West End
- Arturi’s Garden Centre, Fair Oak
- Fair Oak Garden Centre, Fair Oak
- Woodhouse Lane Car Park, Hedge End
- Mortimer Road Car Park, Botley
- Hound Parish Hall, Woolston Road, Netley
Recycled trees are chipped and a proportion are mixed with other green waste and then composted to produce Pro-Grow, which is a peat-free soil conditioner. Going peat-free protects the biodiversity of peatlands, reduces carbon release and improves water quality in these areas. It reflects Eastleigh Borough Council’s commitment to being a green borough, ensuring that maximum value is generated from waste.
Pro-Grow soil conditioner can be bought online at www.pro-grow.com
for home delivery or collection at Household Waste Recycling Centres around the borough.
Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011 – 2036: Issues and Options consultation
Our last newsletter confirmed that work had started on a new Local Plan for the period 2011-2036. Attention was drawn to a number of studies being prepared, including consultations on emerging development needs. This work has led to the preparation of an ‘Issues and Options’ consultation document .
The ‘Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011-2036: Issues and Options’ consultation document was published for consultation on 23 December 2015.
It seeks views on the need for new homes, employment land and other development, different ways and places in which these needs could be met and identifies other key issues and options of relevance to communities within Eastleigh Borough including the need for adequate infrastructure. The consultation document is accompanied by a Strategic Transport Study, Sustainability Appraisal Report, Habitats Regulations Assessment and other recently updated background papers.
All of these documents, and the accompanying evidence base, can be viewed on our website at http://eastleighboroughcouncil.cmail20.com/t/j-l-hhtyuht-qilkrluid-m/. They are also available for inspection at Eastleigh House, town and parish council offices and public libraries. We have also arranged a series of exhibitions – see below.
We need your response to this consultation by 5pm on 17 February 2015. There is a consultation form for responses available electronically on our website and in paper form from Eastleigh House. Your response should be returned to the Planning Policy Team (please send it to the address at the end of this newsletter). All responses received will be made public, and you will be able to see them on our website and at Eastleigh House once the 8 week consultation period ends.
We are publicising this Issues and Options consultation through this newsletter, letters to key bodies such as infrastructure providers, press release and advertisement, posters and through public exhibitions listed below.
Local Plan exhibitions
Local Plan Evidence
To support and inform our work on the Local Plan we collect evidence. This includes undertaking and commissioning studies, assessments and appraisals. For the Issues and Options consultation we have prepared a new Housing Background Paper and an Infrastructure Update.You are welcome to comment on the evidence.
All completed evidence is placed on our website here (http://eastleighboroughcouncil.cmail20.com/t/j-l-hhtyuht-qilkrluid-c/) .
Contact: Tim Guymer, Planning Policy Team Leader or Toby Ayling, Planning Policy and Implementation Manager
Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) explains how the community is to be involved in planning matters, including preparation of the local plan and decision-making on planning applications. A revised SCI was published for public consultation on 1 June 2015. The responses received were reported to the Council’s Cabinet on 30 November 2015, when a number of amendments to the SCI were agreed and it was formally adopted. You can see the adopted SCI here (http://eastleighboroughcouncil.cmail20.com/t/j-l-hhtyuht-qilkrluid-q/) .
Contact: Tim Guymer, Planning Policy Team Leader
Housing Implementation Strategy
The Housing Implementation Strategy sets out the borough’s five year housing land supply position. This document is updated every three months. The latest publication (as at 30 September 2015) is available here (http://eastleighboroughcouncil.cmail20.com/t/j-l-hhtyuht-qilkrluid-a/) .
Contact: Vashti Gooding, Senior Planning Policy Officer
PUSH (the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire) continue to work on options for a revision of its South Hampshire Spatial Strategy. It is now expected that they will consult on a draft strategy in the summer of 2016. When that consultation commences the Borough Council will be providing additional information and support to ensure residents, businesses and organisations are able to take part in the consultation. Check here (http://eastleighboroughcouncil.cmail20.com/t/j-l-hhtyuht-qilkrluid-f/) for further details.
Contact: Toby Ayling, Planning Policy and Implementation Manager
Eastleigh Town Centre
Much has been happening in the town centre over the last few months:
• Work on the redesign for the ‘Market Place’ (the area of the precinct near the railwayman statue between the Sainsbury’s store and the Recreation Ground) was completed at a cost of approximately £500,000. The concept for the scheme was devised by Mark Waller-Gutierrez, the Council’s Implementation and Design Manager and the contract for the works was managed by the Council’s Traffic Construction team. The design had to be adapted to avoid the numerous underground shelters from the 1930s discovered during the works.
• Work has also been completed on a redesign of the railway station forecourt fronting onto Southampton Road at a cost of approximately £600,000. This has improved the accessibility of the station and enhanced the setting of the listed station building. The project was a partnership with South West Trains and Hampshire County Council.
• Development of a Marks and Spencer’s ‘Simply Food’ on Twyford Road is planned to start in 2016.
The work of the Business Improvement District in the town centre continues; details here (http://eastleighboroughcouncil.cmail20.com/t/j-l-hhtyuht-qilkrluid-z/) .
Contact: Dave Francis, Senior Implementation & Design Officer.
Market Place, Eastleigh - Public Art
Bespoke metal tree grills depicting some key events in the history of Eastleigh town are being fabricated as part of a public art project for the Market Place. The design for the tree grilles was created by Joanne Calcutt, the Council’s Public Art Officer.
Contact: Joanne Calcutt, Implementation & Design Officer (Public Realm)
Eastleigh Railway Sation Forecourt Public Art
The Eastleigh railway station forecourt improvement scheme also benefitted from the siting of a new bronze statue of Charlotte Mary Yonge the nineteenth century novelist responsible for giving Eastleigh its name. The sculpture was commissioned by Joanne Calcutt, the Council’s Public Art Officer and designed and fabricated by Vivien Mallock.
The art work was funded by developers contributions.
Contact: Joanne Calcutt, Implementation & Design Officer (Public Realm)
'Parkland' at Fleming Park
The first phase of improvement works to the area of Fleming Park, which was formally a golf course, was completed in October 2015. This was a project of approximately £250,000 to provide a mile long all weather trail. A second phase of improvement works including removal of some non-native trees, landscape design and footbridge improvements will take place in 2016.
Contact: Dave Francis, Senior Implementation & Design Officer.
MUGA site at Market Street, Eastleigh
The consultation for different options for redeveloping the unpopular multi use games area (MUGA) behind Market Street concluded in September 2015. A majority of residents who responded to the consultation preferred the idea to create more lock up garages on this site. The feasibility of relocating the MUGA to an alternative site nearby is currently being investigated.
Contact: Dave Francis, Senior Implementation & Design Officer.
The Planning Policy and Implementation Section
If you would like to contact anyone in the Planning Policy and Implementation Section please see our contact details below and in the Who’s Who list on our web site here (http://eastleighboroughcouncil.cmail20.com/t/j-l-hhtyuht-qilkrluid-v/) .
Calling all Entrepreneurs!
Eastleigh Market Place has recently seen extensive improvements made to the area and can now welcome new traders to take up a pitch on both the Thursday and Saturday markets.
New stallholders can benefit from an introductory offer of paying for three weeks and receiving a further three weeks free. A total cost of £62.50 to trade for six weeks on a 3x3m pitch.
This offer is an ideal opportunity for a growing business wanting to test new products without the commitment of opening a retail unit.
If you’re interested in trading at Eastleigh Market then contact 023 8068 8384 or email email@example.com
to become a registered trader.
Eastleigh Borough Council Launches Two New Business Grant Schemes
The council launched two new business grants in April. These grants will replace the Council’s business training grant scheme which had been running for a number of years and has helped many businesses.
Business Start-Up Grants and Incentive to Grow Grant
For more information on both these grant schemes and how to apply
visit the website http://www.eastleigh.gov.uk/business/financial-help.aspx
MEDICAL TRANSPORT SERVICE
Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound is a subsidised transport service supported by Eastleigh Borough Council and Hampshire County
Council for local residents that live in the above parishes. The service will collect you from your home and take you to any one of the listed hospitals, medical centres or GP surgeries.
The service is available 7 days a week for attending appointments or visiting friends or relatives in hospital.
Contact 02380 455180 or visit the website www.eastleigh.gov.uk/meditransport
are looking for volunteer puppy parents to become part of the team. Please click on the link for more information.
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Eastleigh Borough Council - Self Service
We thought you might like to know about a new customer portal on Eastleigh Borough Council’s website called ‘My Eastleigh’ to be used by residents. This is part of a program to make it easier to contact the Council online at a time residents choose to, as well as continuing to provide the existing ways to contact us.
The first phase of ‘My Eastleigh’ provides residents easy access to online forms and to sign up to receive free proactive emails about services such as their bin collection days and be notified of nearby planning application.
If you sign up for bin collection reminders an email will be automatically sent to you the day before the collection is due to remind you to put the relevant bin(s) out. If reminders are not required for all waste collections they can be changed, once logged in, by going to the ‘Reminders and Notifications’ web page under ‘My Details’
Details about new planning applications within a selected distance from your property can also be emailed to you on a weekly basis. The distance can be updated on the ‘Reminders and Notifications’ web page, from the default distance of 750m.
Most forms do not require you to log in to use them, but by creating an account it will mean that the new forms we have developed will be automatically filled in with your details that will save you time and also make it easier for the council to contact you if there are any queries.
From this year residents will also be able to book Park Sport activities online, if they choose to, by going to ‘My Eastleigh’. Bookings open from Tuesday 1st July.
To use My Eastleigh or to create an account, go to www.eastleigh.gov.uk and click on the link at the top of the page.
Should any Parish or Town Council have a query about how My Eastleigh works or would like a demonstration please contact me.
Senior Business Analyst
Food & Friendship
Food and Friendship is a free of charge service available to Meals on Wheels customers who would like a regular visit from a friendly volunteer around mealtimes. The service is run by Age Concern Hampshire and has been funded by Hampshire County Council and the District Councils.
The service is available currently in East Hampshire, Basingstoke and Deane, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hart, Rushmoor, Test Valley and Winchester.
The volunteers call on Meals on Wheels customers at home and help make mealtimes a little more enjoyable, to chat about things that interest the client, and to let them know what is going on in their local community. The volunteers can also offer ideas on healthy snacks and meals, for which full training and support is provided by Age Concern Hampshire.
If you would like any more information about Food & Friendship in your community, or know anyone who would be interested in volunteering for us, please contact me using the details below.
Telephone: 01962 892455
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Growing the rural economy – helping local businesses
There is an opportunity for funding to support rural projects that generate economic growth and jobs in East Hampshire, Eastleigh and Winchester.
This potential funding stream is made available through a programme called LEADER, which is a community-led rural development programme which aims to improve the quality of life and prosperity in rural communities through locally driven rural development initiatives and projects. It is a European initiative, delivered through the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). It is managed by the Fieldfare Local Action Group (LAG) who distributes funds through grants.
There will be 3 broad themes in the new programme:
• Support for new, micro and small businesses
• Rural Services, Tourism, Culture and Heritage
• Support for Farming & Forestry
The following questionnaire should take no more than a few minutes of your time, but will help us secure vital funding for the area.
As well as funding, opportunities exist for local businesses to join the group and become part of the strategic decision-making process.
To find out more information
Web: Fieldfare Local Action Group www.fieldfareleader.org.uk/
E mail: Ken Brown kbrown@Winchester.gov.uk
The Great War Memorial Coupe in Priors Hill Copse
To commemorate the centenary of the Great War the FoPHC and HPC are planning to create a memorial plantation of trees in Priors Hill Copse. One hundred saplings will have tree guards bearing a marker, preferably showing the name of a person to be commemorated or it will just show 'The Unknown Soldier.' The marker is intended for the ceremony and is not designed to be permanent, the tree guards are biodegradable and will disappear in three or four years. The plantation however will endure and be a permanent reminder of those who gave their lives for this country. If you lost a family member in the Great War and would like to commemorate their sacrifice, please contact the FoPHC through the parish office. The date for the opening of the coupe, probably early November, will be announced well in advance.
Hound PC are currently considering the potential use of land as an alternative Woodland Burial Ground. We would appreciate hearing Parishioner opinions; whilst we continue to assess the logistics of this new venture.
Netley Abbey Beach Cleaning Volunteer Group
In the 2012 Hound Parish Plan, more people selected the shoreline in "Things I like about Hound" than anything else.
Netley Abbey Beach is an asset we should all be proud of, but it is spoiled by litter. Some of this is unfortunately left by visitors to the beach, and some is washed up from Southampton Water.
The Netley Abbey Beach Cleaning Volunteer Group gets together every month or so to collect and remove the litter. Meetings are usually on a Sunday at Beach Lane, with times varying according to the state of the tide, and the weather!
Would you like to join us and help keep our beach clean? If so then follow us on Facebook and come along to our beach cleaning sessions. Or get in touch with Jan on 023 8056 0992 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Hampshire County Council have posted this Weather Advice to help keep everyone informed with practical help and contact numbers.
Hound Basics Food Bank
A food bank has been set up at Netley Central Sports and Social Club called 'Hound Basics'. The aim of the initiative is to provide help to those in short term crisis, referred by social services and other referral agencies such as GP surgeries/ health centres.
'Hound Basics' relies on donations and help from the community (churches, businesses, and individuals); it serves Bursledon, Netley Abbey, Old Netley, Butlocks Heath, and Hamble.
Donations of food can be left in the entrance to the Netley Central Social Club in the container provided, on any day from 4pm - 7pm.
Food donations can consist of:
- Tins: Meat, fish, vegetables, soups, fruit, tomatoes, beans, rice pudding, and custard
- Dried food: Pasta, rice, cereals, instant mash potatoes, biscuits, and snack bars
- Drinks: Squash, fruit juice, tea bags, coffee, sugar, and UHT milk
- Miscellaneous: Toiletries, toilet rolls, and plastic shopping bags
The scheme is supported by local churches in the community and is sponsored by the Netley Christian Fellowship. It is run in cooperation with Hedge End Food Centre and Eastleigh Basics.
'Hound Basics' is run concurrently with 'Netley Matters' which seeks to help people access local services and benefits.
Age Action Alliance Mobility Vehicle Survey
The Department of Transport is currently reviewing their policies concerning mobility vehicles; considering the matter of the mobility needs of disabled people with the safety of pedestrians and road users
The Age Action Alliance (AAA) have created a survey to be completed by mobility vehicle users and aims to collect information required through this easy to use tick box system.
Your help would be appreciated, by taking a small amount of time to complete this, so that responses can be taken into considering during this review period.
Click here for the document
Hampshire Handyperson Service
Click here and here for two leaflets concerning this new service for the over 55s or people with a physical, mental or a learning disability.
There have been reports of trespassers on both public and private land within Hound parish. Please be aware of this problem and contact Eastleigh Borough Council on 02380 688339 if necessary.